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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

No Happily Ever After & Wonder Never. Amanda Gatton

Amanda Gatton is an author of young adult horror fiction.  Currently, the author is working on a series entitled "The Enveloping" which is an apocalyptic story.  Additionally, Gatton will soon be releasing another dystopian series called, "The Encyclopedia of Witches."  In Gatton's telling of the end of the world, only witches survive the zombie infestation.  Amanda Gatton also writes adult fiction under the pen name, M Jet.  Those titles include some horror, romance, and LGBT.

Currently, Gatton's series "The Fairytale Diaries" is available on Amazon for Kindle and in print.  This is a two part series for young adults (high school) readers, but is appropriate for all audiences.  The books are modernized retellings of a number of the most loved fairytales, in which the characters are modern teenagers in the town of Faraway, Washington.  The twisted tale of the rebooted intermingling fairytale characters is told in the chilling style of Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, and other classic fairytale masters.  In addition to the two novels, there is a third part, which is an art journal and coloring book of creepy fairy tale renderings, available for $7.99 on Amazon.

The town of Faraway, Washington is buried under a particularly harsh winter.  Teenagers in attendance at Faraway Senior High find themselves restless, bored, and experiencing a myriad of problems ranging from mild to extreme.  Cailyn Pure discovers her father involved in an adulterous affair with a wicked woman who is obsessed with apples.  Ella Cinder is victimized by her evil foster mother Thelma Dark, and Thelma's ugly twin biological daughters.  Aspen Briar finds herself once again on the verge of being uprooted and moved by her parents who are constantly on the run from a mysterious woman from their past.  Stella Rampion is ever smothered by parents who consider her their miracle baby; only conceived once her mother consumed a supposed "magical" flower.  Her parents are so overprotective; she's never even been allowed to cut her hair.  Zoe Locke feels neglected and ignored, so much so that she begins breaking and entering in and around Faraway; just for kicks.

Enter the three Bars. 

One night, on the cusp of a blizzard, Zoe burglarizes the fairytale like home of the uber wealthy Bar family.  What she discovers in their basement sends her into a terrified frenzy, especially when the family unexpectedly returns while she is still inside the home.  She breaks her leg while escaping, and is eventually apprehended by Officer Hook.  Zoe Locke is sent to juvenile detention and nobody believes her desperate pleas to investigate the Bars.  Unfortunately, the oversight on the part of local law enforcement will cost many lives, and the disappearances of numerous Faraway teens.  A series of dastardly events is triggered by Zoe's infraction that will bring the town of Faraway to its knees.  All involved will learn, there is no happily ever after.

Josh Cross has finally escaped his frightening roots in Faraway Washington.  Thanks to kind carnies from Carnaval de le Nuit, he has been warmly welcomed into their fold and has blossomed completely from the ugly duckling he once was.

Several months have passed since he obsessed over the rash of murders and disappearances back home.  The carnival has traveled around from show to show, touring tirelessly and has collectively decided to spend an entire month set up in Enchantica, Louisiana.  Upon arrival, Josh finds himself enthralled with the town, the weather, and the beautiful scenery.  At first opportunity, he takes off to explore his new surroundings.

Faraway is the furthest thing from his mind, but the memories come rushing back when he finds himself face to face with someone he knows to be missing and presumed dead from his hometown.  She claims her name is Alice, but he knows that she is lying.  He can tell she recognizes him too and suspects she is being held against her will.

A small hyperactive man with tufts of white hair demands that Alice come with him, and the pair disappears into a thick swampy forest.  Fearing for "Alice's" safety, Josh follows.  Deep in the forest, a shocking secret is revealed to Josh; a secret so terrifying he wants nothing more than to convince himself it is all a terrible nightmare.

Anything but a dream, the horror triggered by Josh's discovery is all too real.  Just like that, he is once again thrown into darkness in a land as fantastical and fearsome as any Wonderland or Never Never Land ever could be.

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The Geek is Back

Yes, it's been too long since I've posted on here... life has a funny way of sneaking up on you (-Alanis)

Well, the family and I moved and went to California for a month and all kinds of much more mundane things besides but here I am again, so if you'd like to be interviewed, or do a guest post or something, just let me know, eh? :)

In the meantime, watch my next post about Amanda Gatton's awesome new book No Happily Ever After! can't take the books from me...

Friday, June 19, 2015

Kindle Countdown Promotion starts 21 June!

I have missed you blog readers and frans!
#SerenityValleBooks has acquired a new headquarters and the boxes are EVERYWHERE! Slowly but surely, Arleigh and I are making headway.

I’m about dying, wanting to get back to Bail, The Revenant Series: Book Two! So, I trudge on, box after box and my reward shall be evening writing time!

In the meantime, I wanted to let you all know that I’ve set up a Kindle Countdown deal on ALL 3 of my currently published books! The countdown starts 21 June 2015 at 5AM PST (US) and runs until 24 June 9PM PST (US).

From my facebook page:
Looking for a light, fun read with a bit of supernatural thrown in? How about an intense romance novella?
You’re looking for The Fantastical Life of Serenity books! (A collection of short stories about what could be… but not quite is) AND (Epilogue)

Paranormal mystery anyone? Acquittal, The Revenant Series : Book One will satisfy your craving (while I finish up book two!) Get it at Amazon here:

As always, you can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram, Tsu and Ello! I love to chat!

…You Can’t Take the Books from Me…